I think I've posted about To Kill a Mockingbird before. It's one of my favorite books. I love the story and Atticus is one of the most incredible and upstanding characters I've ever read about in literature. I teach it with my students and read the book over and over again.
Harper Lee broke silence four years ago and wrote an open letter to Oprah to be published in O magazine. She writes about growing up with an endless supply of books in her house and how students are more into electronics today than reading. She argues that no one wants to curl up with a cold hard computer, while she spent many nights up late with a book. I couldn't agree with her more. I use the letter with my students and we talk about whether they agree with Harper Lee or not about students and how much they read. It's always a great and interesting conversation.
A year or two ago I stumbled across this website by a woman who creates Boo Holes.
Boo Holes are holes that she finds in trees much like the one Jem and Scout encounter in To Kill a Mockingbird. She plays "Boo Radley" and hides gifts in these trees for the children in her neighborhood to find. She encourages people who visit her website to do the same and send her pictures of these Boo holes.
I love this idea! What a great way to pass on a part of this story to others. The woman who started the site has a list of items you can buy to put in the Boo Hole. I'm thinking you could find some fun stuff at flea markets, craft shows or magic/hobby shops.
So what are you waiting for? The weather is getting nicer and kids are going to be outside more and more. How about looking around your neighborhood for a Boo Hole? I know I'm going to start looking out for one. What would you put in your Boo Hole?
"Neighbors bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing, and it made me sad..."
~Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird